By Jon Dougherty
A pair of Republican lawmakers who joined host Dan Bongino on Fox News Friday said that the Trump Justice Department’s probe into the origins of the Obama-era “Spygate” coup attempt has risen to three levels of corruption as Democrats on Capitol Hill grow increasingly nervous about what’s about to come out.
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), described the three levels being examined by U.S. Attorney John Durham of Connecticut, who was appointed by Attorney General William Barr to get to the bottom of the Spygate scandal:
— (1) Durham is probing the “lies” involved in securing Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court warrants by former FBI Director James Comey’s FBI to spy on onetime 2016 Trump campaign adviser Carter Page — warrants that were extended at least three times and well after Trump won the 2016 election and into his first year as president.
— (2) He’s also looking into “illegal leaks” of classified information to the media. Noted Gaetz: “…[U]nder Jim Comey’s leadership, the FBI wasn’t conducting investigations and looking for the truth, they were trying to shape public opinion” about POTUS Trump’s alleged ‘collusion’ with Russia.
— (3) “Finally, and I think most notably,” Gaetz said, Durham is looking into “the corrupt origins of this investigation inside the Obama White House, where we weren’t just violating the rights of our own citizens in our country, we were actually off trying to pressure our allies (via the “Five Eyes” or FVEY, intelligence-sharing arrangement) like Britain to collect intelligence on people that we would have had no ability to do here in the United States.”
“All of that together spells bad news for people in the Obama White House, he added.”
A second GOP lawmaker, Rep. Mike Turner of Ohio, said the mood of Democrats on Capitol Hill is that they are worried about the new authority given Barr by POTUS Donald Trump to look into the origins of Russiagate and how it will all play out during the 2020 election cycle.
He also hinted that at some point, what Barr finds and what Durham decides to prosecute will become a matter of public record.
“What’s going to be really important” going ahead, “as the [Justice Department] inspector general and the attorney general, as they move forward with the investigation of the origins of [Spygate], which I had to live through on the [House] Intelligence Committee, they’re certainly not only going to find there are holes in everyone’s stories, but they’re gonna release this information to the public so they can read for themselves and see not only was there no there, there, but there were some real misdeeds done,” said Turner.
In regards to special counsel Robert Mueller’s report, both lawmakers noted that it continues to be exposed as more of a political document rather than a factual recounting of his ‘Russiagate’ probe.
Bongino called the report “one big extended op-ed.”
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